Bears

Robbie Gould has nothing but fond feelings for Chicago: 'Once a Bear, always a Bear'

Robbie Gould has nothing but fond feelings for Chicago: 'Once a Bear, always a Bear'

MIAMI — Robbie Gould hasn’t played for the Bears since 2016, but his love for the team that he spent over a decade kicking for hasn’t faded one bit. Now playing in his second Super Bowl, Gould still holds his time in the Windy City in the highest regards.

“This is a very special year for me,” Gould said. “I love the city of Chicago. I always will. That love I have for the city and the Bears organization will never go away. I said it when I got cut: Once a Bear, always a Bear. I truly mean that.”

Gould left the Bears as the team’s all-time leader in career points (1,207), field goals made (276), and career field goals of at least 50 yards (23). He’s still beloved by the people of Chicago, and more recently won NBC Sports Chicago’s “Chicago Football Madness” contest last offseason, beating all-time greats along the way. 

“I played 11 years there, I’m the all-time leading scorer," he said. "I think I have most of the field goal records there. You know, there’s a spot in my heart that my kids will learn Bear Down and all that when the time’s right.” 

Talking with the media on Monday night, the kicker briefly touched on the Bears’ current kicking situation. Gould kept an eye on the situation as the Bears went through a well-publicized debacle that eventually led to Eddy Pineiro, and had empathy for the first year kicker who faced many of the same ups and downs that Gould did. 

“Yeah I thought he did a great job,” he said. “I thought he came in and played very well. Obviously he played through an injury, and if you take away the Los Angeles Rams’ game, he had a very solid season.” 

This Sunday, Gould will attempt to bring a second Lombardi Trophy home to the family. His brother Chris coaches for the Denver Broncos, and won a Super Bowl with the team in 2016. 

“I was telling the young guys, I went [to a Super Bowl] in my first full year with the Bears,” he said. “And all I remember was ‘oh, this is nothing. I’ll be back.’ And now 13 years later, I’m back in the Super Bowl. You never know when you’re going to do it, you never know how it’s going to happen, you never know when it’s going to happen.” 

“I don’t believe you can chase a Super Bowl. I don’t think you can go team to team to try and win it.” 

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of the Bears.

Allen Robinson's Within Reach foundation pivots to feeding Chicago families

Allen Robinson's Within Reach foundation pivots to feeding Chicago families

Allen Robinson is doing his part to help the city of Chicago during the COVID-19 pandemic. Robinson is using his Within Reach, which typically focuses on providing resources to underprivileged Chicago-area schools, to feed kids at home during the pandemic. 

Robinson said he will match donations made to his charity. The donations will go towards providing boxes of food to Chicago families facing food insecurity during the pandemic. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Bears’ coach Matt Nagy and OT Charles Leno have both contributed to Robinson’s cause.  If you’d like to contribute, you can find out more information on Within Reach’s website. 

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of the Bears.

Bears offer custom wallpapers for video calls, Allen Robinson wants one too

Bears offer custom wallpapers for video calls, Allen Robinson wants one too

To help fans get excited for football season (fingers crossed it will start on time, but who knows) the Bears offered to make custom wallpapers for fans who tweet their last name and preferred number at the Bears’ main Twitter account. 

Perfect for showing off your Chicago spirit and spicing up online classes or conference calls! Not only did fans get a kick out of seeing their name on a digital jersey, Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson got in on the fun too. 

Despite Robinson probably owning many, many things (both digital and physical) with his name and number on them, Bears’ Twitter was happy to oblige. 

This led many fans online to continue calling for his contract extension, but right now the Bears and Robinson seem to be focusing on the present and trying to have some light-hearted fun during these uncertain times.

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of the Bears.